Double Your Fitness Fun, Double The Benefit

July 18th, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , ,

Another interesting and insightful study came out of Brian Wansink’s Food & Brand Lab at Cornell recently, this time looking at activity and eating. Two studies were conducted with adults. The first had study subjects believe they were either going on a “scenic” walk or an “exercise” walk around a small lake. Following their walk they were given lunch. Those we were told they were on an “exercise” walk ate 35% more chocolate pudding for dessert than those told they were on a scenic walk.

In the second study adults were given a snack after a walk. Those told they were on an “exercise” walk ate twice more M&M’s calories than those told there were on a “scenic” walk. Hmmmm, no wonder I like to think of my routine as an activity rather than exercise. I have written many times and describe in my ebook Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books to build a love affair with your activity routine.

Just the words “exercise”, “regimen”, “workout” bring a few beads of sweat to my forehead from my history of bad memories of gym class and being chosen last for dodge ball, being made to run around the track and the like. Do something you love that doesn’t feel like you’re punishing yourself. Your outlook to taking that approach could have double the benefit of getting and staying in shape AND not feeling you need to compensate and eat more.

Our bodies were meant to move – walk, saunter, garden, swim, jump, ride, dance, shimmy, samba, sache, shuffle, skate, slide, ski, sweep and enjoy it!

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